Judy Horacek’s beautiful and brilliantly funny observations are modern icons perfectly distilling the absurdities, foibles and the dilemmas of contemporary life. Ranging from the minutiae of daily living to larger scale global and environmental issues, her cartoons celebrate human creativity and resilience and are permeated with a concern for justice and a desire for laughter.
If You Can’t Stand the Heat is a wonderful phantasmagoria of ancient fairy tales made new, of penguins, pirates and angels.
A scintillating new collection from one of Australia's most loved cartoonists.
'It is impossible not to giggle at Judy Horacek's smart yet dreamily inventive cartoons and illustrations, seen here in their technicolour glory in this seventh collection of Judy's published sketches. The Australian artist's observations on the absurdities of modern life and witty takes on environmental and global issues bring welcome levity to even the darkest scenarios. Read them and weep — with laughter!'
Juliet Reiden, Australian Women's Weekly
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'A gathering of funny, poignant observations on the absurdities, quandaries and contradictions (both global and personal) of contemporary life.'
'Judy’s work has been part of Melbourne for a long time. It is wonderful to have her back here in the form of this wonderful collection of cartoons. What has always appealed to me about Judy’s work is not just her withering disdain for politicians, lazy men and housework, but that somehow she knows exactly how we are feeling at the right time. If you can’t stand the heat, fortunately, rips apart environmental sceptics. She does this using quirkiness, penguins and mermaids. On top of that discourse, one also gets Judy’s understanding that life is really made up of a series of boring moments and decisions. The portrayal therefore of our lives is what in the end makes us laugh out loud because we know she speaks the truth! P.M for Judy!'
Christine Gordon, Readings
'Judy Horacek is one of Australia's best cartoonists and should be a worldwide phenomenon. She brightens the day with wit and intelligence.'
Lucy Sussex, Sunday Age